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Farfisa Syntorchestra

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The Farfisa Syntorchestra is a combination of two preset synthesizers in one. A polyphonic section and a monophonic section. Both sections have presets that can be edited in real time but there are no user memories. The Syntorchestra produces unique sounds unlike most synths. Its been compared to the ARP Pro Soloist and the Moog Satellite in sound.

Sounds are selected with selector tabs underneath the keyboard section. There is a limited amount of control for both synthesizers with sliders and buttons to the left of the keyboard section. There is an envelope with attack and decay, along with filter controls using the "Brilliance' sliders. There is also a Vibrato effect with a delay button which can delay the effect of the Vibrato as the sound develops. The middle section under the keyboard has a unique Portamento control that could be constant or temporary by way of pushing a lever.

The far left of the keyboard there are selector tabs labelled "Cancel" for muting the Vibrato effect. There is filter control by turning on the tab labelled "Wha-Wha" and using a combination of the attack slider, decay switch, and decay slider it creates the familiar analog synth filter effect.

The Syntorchestra offers two audio outputs that can be run in stereo or mono. Although the instrument did not output a true stereo signal the user could run separate outputs of each synth section to different amplifiers or channels.The instrument also included a volume pedal using its built in DIN socket. the Syntorchestra was offered in all metal or faux wood enclosures.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Divide Down, Subtractive
Oscillators: *
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Fader, Glide / Portamento, LFO
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay
Filters: 1
Types: Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: *
Timbrality: 2
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 1
Patches ROM: 13
+Vibrato with delay amount
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 37 keys, Metal, Wood
Controls: Faders, Sliders, Switches, Pedal - Volume
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 2
CV Ports: DIN
Control Features: +Included DIN volume pedal
Year Released: 1975
Year Discontinued: 1978
Used By
Klaus Schulze
Used Price: $1,150-$1,500 - convert
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